By James Peters
Violent diarrhea, commonly known as severe diarrhea, affects millions of us every day, but what causes it and why does it affect women more than men?
As disgusting as it sounds I find this true term amusing, another term that I find rather distasteful, but humorous, is “explosive diarrhea”, but that term is seldom used also.
Diarrhea is nothing more than loose, liquefied stool that frequently needs to be released. When the diarrhea becomes too frequent and bothersome, the term “severe diarrhea” is what’s commonly used today. Diarrhea isn’t that serious in the west, but it can lead to other serious conditions. If not treated properly it can lead to dehydration.
Diarrhea is usually the first sign of a common virus called “gastroenteritis”. It’s mostly caught from a foodborne illness that irritates the small intestine and the gastrointestinal track, but a viral gastroenteritis (also known as the stomach flu) can also cause violent diarrhea, I mean, severe diarrhea.
There are also some that cannot digest milk and other milk products. These people are known as lactose intolerant. This means they have a shortage of the enzyme lactase that breaks down the sugars in milk. When the sugar does not absorb as it should, water is drawn to your intestine and it starts to ferment due to the bacteria in your colon. It also causes gas, bloating, nausea and sometimes abdominal pain. Avoiding some milk products can greatly reduce the chance of getting any of these symptoms. However, if a person is lactose intolerant and would like to indulge, there are medications that can help the body with absorbing the sugars. With the correct calcium body supplements with exercise and a proper diet, one could possibly take the minimum dosage of medication (or none at all) and still be under control.
Cholera is another illness that is typically mild but can turn quite severe, especially if not taken care of right away. The most common way an individual can catch cholera is by consuming contaminated food and/or water. The toxin that is released into the body causes a lot of water to be filled with chloride ions in the intestine. This can cause violent diarrhea, explosive diarrhea, severe diarrhea, whatever you want to call it, but if not treated it can cause a person to dehydrate to the point of death. You can literally poop yourself to death.
Women mostly get diarrhea along with a common condition called irritable bowel syndrome (also known as IBS) along with cramps, bloating and sometimes constipation. This is considered a disorder rather than an illness and is thought to be brought on by emotional stress and that diet and exercise may help ease this bothersome, inconvenient, uncomfortable condition.
So, just because you can’t seem to stay off the toilet, there’s nothing to fear, unless it’s been going on longer than three days, then I suggest you go see a doctor.
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